Justin Turner belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies.
The homer was Turner's first of the season, but fantasy owners cannot complain too loudly. He is hitting .388 with a .541 slugging percentage. The scruffy hot corner man has hit safely in 15 straight, longest active streak in the majors. He has at least one RBI in each of his past three outings.
Cody Bellinger hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, in Saturday's win against the Phillies.
The rookie was one of three players to hit back-to-back-to-back clouts off of Philadelphia closer Hector Neris, giving the Dodgers a miraculous comeback victory. Bellinger started out just 1-for-10 but he has back-to-back two-hit games, looking more and more comfortable at the plate by the at-bat. Manager Dave Roberts is on record saying Bellinger is headed back to OKC once Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) and Joc Pederson (groin) are ready to return. However, Bellinger remains a decent short-term fantasy play until then.
Brandon McCarthy was tagged for four runs, eight hits and a walk over just five innings in a no-decision Saturday against Philadelphia.
The Dodgers offense got McCarthy and his fantasy owners off the hook for the loss with three consecutive homers off of Phillies closer Hector Neris to give the home team a miraculous comeback victory. McCarthy has yet to take a loss in five starts. He has 25 strikeouts over 29 innings and continues to be a solid fantasy option. He faces a favorable matchup next weekend in San Diego.
Andrew Knapp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's road game against the Dodgers.
Knapp, a California native, was pumped for this start back in the Golden State. He delivered his first Major League homer with a career-high three hits to push his batting average to .304. Knapp won the backup gig behind Cameron Rupp in the spring and he has done nothing to change management's mind. However, he is only worth a look as a low-end No. 2 receiver in deeper NL-only play unless Rupp does down with a long-term injury at some point.
Zach Eflin allowed two earned runs, four hits and no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Saturday at L.A. Dodgers.
Eflin threw 68 of his 103 pitches for strikes and he deserved a better fate. Fantasy owners can send their hate mail to closer Hector Neris, as he served up three consecutive homers en route to a blown save to cost Eflin a victory. Eflin is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday at Chicago Cubs.
Hector Neris allowed four earned runs while recording just one out Saturday at L.A. Dodgers, blowing his first save chance of the season.
Neris served up back-to-back-to-back homers to Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, blowing what looked to be an easy save chance. He had converted each of his three save chances, but he has been anything but rock solid. Neris has been dinged for at least one run in four of his past five appearances. It might just be a matter of time before management forces skipper Pete Mackanin to pull the plug on Neris and use Joaquin Benoit for ninth-inning duties.
Eduardo Nunez finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in Saturday's loss against the Padres.
Nunez kicked off the season with three straight multi-hit games, but he has just three multi-hit performances over his past 20 outings. He has tailed off tremendously, but perhaps Saturday's outing is a sign he is about to turn things around. Nunez remains useful in deeper NL-only formats, especially as a cheap source of steals.
Conor Gillaspie finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Padres.
Gillaspie accounted for the team's only extra-base hit in a lopsided loss at home. The former Wichita State standout is showing some signs of life at the plate after a terrible start. He remains useful only in the deepest of NL-only fantasy formats until this type of production becomes the norm.